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Greg Oden: I'm 'nowhere near' return to the court

Posted on: March 14, 2011 11:44 pm
Edited on: March 14, 2011 11:44 pm
Portland Trail Blazers injured center Greg Oden says he's "nowhere near" being able to return to the court. Posted by Ben Golliver. greg-oden-video-interview

In a video interview posted on that was conducted on Monday, Portland Trail Blazers center Greg Oden, who has been rehabilitating since undergoing microfracture knee surgery in November, was asked whether he has been able to resume work on the basketball court.  

"I'm nowhere near there," Oden admitted. "I mean I just started doing two-leg squats like two weeks ago. I've got like a month and a half of just doing that. Putting weight on one leg, that's all I can really do right now."

Oden's statement is the most recent and complete update on his progress since a Blazers scout said in January that Oden was still walking with a cane. The news comes roughly four months after he underwent microfracture surgery on his left knee on Nov. 19, 2010.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, Oden didn't appear in a game for the Blazers during the 2010-2011 NBA season. His daily rehabilitation routine is keeping him busy, however. "I can do cardio here, on the bike, on the elliptical, stuff that's not a lot of weight bearing," Oden explained. "And then I lift. That's basically what my day consists of: rehab, cardio, lift, and pool at the end of the day."

Asked if the routine was growing tiresome, Oden said that it was. "It definitely is a bummer, but I know that's what I need to do to get back out there. So I go out there every day and I do it." 

In case you're interested, Oden listed Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard as the best big man in the NBA and said he's most looking forward to facing Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum, Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin and Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins.

Oden, who is set to become a restricted free agent this summer, said that his goal for the next two seasons is simple: "To be healthy." 
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Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: March 15, 2011 11:34 am

Greg Oden: I'm 'nowhere near' return to the court

If the Blazers had Oden and Roy healthy, they would challenge LA for the West easily. LA has a history of not playing well in Portland. Only time will tell, but his injury is a big deal. I believe he's had 3 surgeries on his knees, so despite having success stories like Amare, this man has a history of knee problems, all in a 3 year span to just start his career. Being a Center is a tough position, you get pushed around and are expected to grab rebounds. Knees are vital for holding up those 250+ pound bodies. Someone will take a chance on him, as he has potential to be the best C in the NBA, but if he goes down again, he might as well call it a career.

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: March 15, 2011 10:47 am

Greg Oden: I'm 'nowhere near' return to the court

Career isn't over yet. Several people have had sucessful micro fracture surgery, ala Amare Stoudemire. Time will tell. If he suffers another quick injury or to the same area/knee then I would have to think that it is about over and the long streak of Blazer #1 overall pick jynx continues. Hopefully he makes it back as he has demonstrrated when he is on the court he dominates the middle and can change the game. The Blazers can sure use him!

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: March 15, 2011 10:37 am

Greg Oden: I'm 'nowhere near' return to the court

That sounds terrible. This guys career is over. Put it in the record books. Greg Oden will not see an time in an NBA game again. It is unfortunate, but this is what I believe.

Since: Dec 15, 2007
Posted on: March 15, 2011 9:52 am

Greg Oden: I'm 'nowhere near' return to the court

Rest up young man come next season if there is one you will be a free agent and then you can get a clean slate by becoming a New York Knicks!!! Ahh now doesn't that sound nice..

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